1. Narendra Modi government ministers give Iftar party hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee a miss

Narendra Modi government ministers give Iftar party hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee a miss

“There was not a single minister, not a single government representative and not a single BJP leader,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 24, 2017 6:35 PM
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No minister from ruling Narendra Modi government came to attend President Pranab Mukherjee’s Iftar at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Friday, significantly his last as the first citizen of India. In conversation with the Indian Express, Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary, CPI(M) said that he has never seen an Iftar hosted by the President where no government representative was present. “There was not a single minister, not a single government representative and not a single BJP leader. In all these years, I have never been to an Iftar hosted by the President where there has been no representative of the Government of India,” CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury told The Indian Express. Javed Ali Khan, SP Rajya Sabha MP, also noticed the absence of government representatives at the party. “I could not spot a single minister at the Iftar hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee. In the past, I have attended three Iftars at Rashtrapati Bhavan and I remember seeing ministers like Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Mahesh Sharma and Vijay Goel. This time, no one was there,” Khan was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

The IE report says that all members of the Union Council of Ministers are invited to the Iftar by Rashtrapati Bhavan. Among those missing, a prominent name was of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who had attended the dinner last year. When contacted, Naqvi told the Indian Express that he was scheduled to attend the dinner, but couldn’t go due to a CCPA meeting ‘exactly at that time’. Among those who did attend the Iftar were former Rajya Sabha MP Mohsina Kidwai, former CEC S Y Quraishi, India Islamic Cultural Centre chief Sirajuddin Qureshi and theatre actor Aamir Raza Husain.

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    Debashis Kumar Howlader
    Jun 26, 2017 at 1:20 am
    You all noticed this but forgot the tradition of A P J Abdul Kalam Who himself was a Muslim but not a Pranab Mukharjee!!
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    Rajiva Mishra
    Jun 25, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    Why should the President organise Iftar? Does he celebrate Durga Pooja or Ram Navami or Krishna Janmashtmi in Rashtrapati Bhavan? There is no requirement for him to be hypocrite. BJP leaders were correct in not parti ting in Iftar party . This is real secularism.
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    BALAGANGADHARAN
    Jun 25, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    At least few Ministers could have attended the party.
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    Shivaji Patil
    Jun 24, 2017 at 10:49 pm
    This Stupid practice of arranging Iftar parties at the cost of public money should STOP.Its a crude way to keep Muslim leadership in google humour. Why should a Secular govt arrange Iftar ?If any politician wants to give let him do so from his own money.
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    mahesh
    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:57 pm
    this ifthar business should stop. we dont celebrations of other religions. and we have so many religions in India. Hopefully when the next president comes, this ifthar business will stop.
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    Chand
    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm
    so what ... they are busy people ... no time for appea t of minorities.... they will attend the a Diwali party...will the president have one??
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    Rabi Mishra
    Jun 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm
    A well-timed kick on his bum to the Congi President by the BJP. Let Yechury cry or did he enjoy the extra food left over due the absence of BJP?
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    Vikas Kumar
    Jun 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm
    its a good move. have #president hosted #Navratri , #Holi milan, #Dipawali #Gurunanak jyanti like festival ?so now if these #Iftar's r bull ... people doesn't attended ...whats a big deal #seculars?
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